Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mercury Goes Direct and Looking to the Plutonic Root

We've navigated our way through a tricky solstice period and are now released from some of the most constricting aspects.

We made our way through Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn December 26 and Mars in Capricorn square Saturn in Libra December 29, which had some bleakness and bottoming out effects associated. We`re now slowly putting some time and distance between us and the grinding, heavy-hitter aspects that were working away beneath the buoyance of the holidays.

Mercury went direct at 19 Sagittarius early this morning, and the travellers stranded, delayed and diverted by wicked winter storms in the United Kingdom and along the eastern parts of the United States and Canada will be breathing a sigh of relief that the holiday season is coming to a close. A wicked Mercury retro it was, infused powerfully with both Pluto and Mars in Capricorn energy at the time of the retrograde station.

We saw uncharacteristically stormy weather wreak havoc in the United Kingdom and along the eastern side of Canada and the United States. But there was weird weather in many other areas, too, including much cooler than usual temperatures in Florida and much wetter weather in California.

With Pluto involved, there is a deeper and broader root cause for the symptoms of wicked weather and resulting Mercury retro chaos. And with Jupiter about to form a conjunction to Uranus in Pisces on the day of the 13th degree Capricorn New Moon/partial solar eclipse January 4, I think we can look to the disruption of the Gulf Loop Current by the BP oil disaster.

The Loop Current plays a crucial role within the Gulf Stream, the ocean current that travels from the tip of Florida along the eastern coastlines of the United States and Canada. The Gulf Stream then splits in two, with the northern stream moving to northern Europe and the southern stream moving to West Africa.

The Gulf Stream influences the climate of the east coast of North America from Florida to Newfoundland and the west coast of Europe. In particular, this current carries warm water across the Atlantic, making Western Europe warmer than it would otherwise be.

Hmm...

Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian theoretical physicist, warned this past cardinal t-square-infused summer that the disruption of the Loop Current within the Gulf Stream could cause extreme weather and temperature changes, as well as droughts, floods and resulting crop failures. More fodder for the derivatives schemes.

And here's the Piscean tip: the Loop Current plays a crucial role within the Gulf Stream which plays a crucial role within the interlinked system of ocean currents that regulate global weather patterns. To say that the disruption of the Gulf Loop Current means the disruption of all weather patterns on Earth and, therefore, all life on Earth, is no exaggeration.

Here's where we're being attacked at this tail-end Piscean Era: with all the inter-related aspects of life on this planet. Permeate the whole by attacking individual parts. Ripple-effect shock waves set off by broad-scale events that reach right into personal lives.

Venus is in late Scorpio and will enter Sagittarius January 7, having moved out of retrograde shadow degrees and the Via Combusta at 13 and 15 degrees Scorpio.

Venus will square Neptune-Chiron in late Aquarius while trining Jupiter-Uranus on the day of our Cappie New Moon/solar eclipse (big aspects day), and our gut-level intuitive understanding gets a big workout from the Pisces-to-Aquarius, we're-living-in-some-sort-of-sci-fi-novel backdrop. Have your Scorpionic bullshit detectors at the ready! We're going to have to honour every last twinge of our feelers here - both personally and on the social/global scale. The key is reality-based smart over possibilities-driven hopeful. This far along, every Neptunian/Piscean trick in the book is at the disposal of those who have no problem putting that to use.

There are big almost-post-Piscean patterns here we need to move out of: patterns of belief, hopes, illusions, ideals, wishes that prove to be wounding mirage again and again. Dig down into your wiliest, craftiest, most boo-yah! self and let that motherfucker rock it as we close out 2010 and enter 2011. Peel through the weak-ass ploys and plays of those working the fuzzy wuzzy, pumped up Neptunian trip. Every layer debunked and illusion shattered matters now - on multiple levels.

We need the new track. The truly new one. Oh boy, do we. And that starts by proving ourselves with the Grand Finale Venus in Scorpio aspects coming...right...up.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lock-step Legislation: Bill S.510 in the United States and Bill C-36 in Canada Are Snuck Through Senate

The Pluto-Ceres in Capricorn interplay in 2010 has coincided with some bold attacks on natural foods and supplements. And to close out the year, two big fake-out spin moves have resulted in top-down pieces of legislation being passed in both Canada and the United States.

Bill S.510, coined the Food Safety Modernization Act, was snuck through last night in the U.S. Senate, the night of the 29 degree Gemini total Lunar Eclipse/mutable t-square, just before today's Winter Solstice.

That's some bad voodoo. And here's more:

Despite word that there would be six more months of debate in the Canadian Senate, Bill C-36, the lateral lock-step legislation called the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, was passed December 13, 2010, the day of the exact Mercury Rx-Mars-Pluto conjunction at 4 degrees Capricorn.

This leads one to believe that the Harper Conservatives have taken a tip from the other Global Governors and hired themselves an astrologer.

Nah, more than likely just following orders...

Canadian consumers were already well-protected on this front by the Hazardous Product Act, which allowed for fines, jailtime and recalls of products through court channels. But under Bill C-36, Health Canada and its team of "inspectors" can now work outside the court system, targetting citizens and their businesses independently. Health Canada inspectors now have the right to:

- enter private property (at gunpoint with police officer presence) without warrant searching for unlicensed consumer products of all kinds
- seize any property they so desire, including any and all documents
- seize vehicles that have been used to transport products

As Canada is now shifting to globally set guidelines rather than national, Health Canada can also disclose personal and business information to foreign governments without consent.

Under Bill C-36, all returns of products, regardless of the reason for return, must now be reported to Health Canada.

This bill locks powers into federal law for Health Canada to enforce Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR), federal legislation that came into full effect in January 2010 that brings natural health products under similar licensing restrictions as pharmaceuticals. Natural health products in Canada are now required to go through a lengthy and costly licensing process for a Natural Product Number (NPN). Natural product manufacturers do not have the capital available to them that Big Pharma has, and these new requirements will certainly mean limits in access to natural products. Already, companies have been forced to pull products from shelves, including NOW, a brand I personally use. Currently, there is a large backlog of products, many have been refused an NPN and some suppliers have stopped shipping to Canada due to the red tape.

Bill C-36 locks government and police raids on naturopaths and health food stores, already well underway in Canada over the past 20 years, firmly into federal law.

Hitting at the root, Eldon Dahl, a Calgary, Alberta naturopathic doctor and supplier of supplements to other naturopaths, had his home raided at gunpoint by Health Canada and RCMP officers on January 15, 2009. Dahl and his wife and daughter were held in their living room for 11 hours as Health Canada officials and police officers, who refused to show ID, rummaged through their entire home and business operation. The Dahls' computer hard drives were confiscated. Three hundred thousand dollars worth of naturopathic products - 85% of which were licensed up to the new NPHR standards now being enforced by Health Canada - were seized.

None of Dahl's inventory has been returned. He has been slapped with 50 criminal offenses, as has his wife who has nothing to do with the business. Due to the raid and confiscation, the Dahls have had to sell their home and start from scratch with their business.

And you'd better believe this put a chill through the naturopathic and natural health industry.

The passing of Bill C-36 comes as the U.S. Senate snuck the matching legislation - Bill S.510 - through last night. A Sunday night. A rare total lunar eclipse on the Winter Solstice night - something we have not experienced since 1638 and will not experience again until 2094.

Just as with C-36 in the Canadian Senate, there was a quick reversal with Bill S.510. The bill had first been attached to a humungous spending bill after a technical issue arose with the passing of S.510 in November. The spending bill was considered too cumbersome and time-consuming to read in full (Mercury retro in Capricorn) and was put down in early December. Most thought S.510 was, for the time being, a dead duck. But Sunday night, it arose from the dead as the Moon grew full, was attached to yet another piece of legislation - the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act - and passed, pending approval from the House.

November 2009 - Mark Tijssen of Ontario, Canada has his house staked out for five days by a conservation officer sitting in a neighbour's treehouse, followed by a police raid and confiscation of his personal butchering equipment. Charged with four offenses under Ontario's "Food and Safety Quality Act" for selling his home-grown and butchered pig meat to a friend

January 1, 2010 - federal Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR) start to be fully enforced in Canada, including the necessity for every product to have a Natural Product Number (NPN), issued through Health Canada

March 2010 - Home on the Range raw milk co-op in Chilliack, British Columbia is ordered to halt its operations

June 14, 2010 - Marigold Natural Pharmacy in Courtenay, British Columbia is raided at gunpoint by Health Canada and RCMP officers and has $146,000 worth of inventory confiscated

June 30, 2010 - Health Canada officials are involved in a raid at gunpoint of Rawesome Foods, a private food buying store in Venice, California and the confiscation of its products

December 13, 2010 - Bill C-36, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, is passed by the Canadian Senate

December 20, 2010 - Bill S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, is passed by the United States Senate

YouTube video series on the raid of Eldon Dahl:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Anaretic Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, and This Post is Probably Already Outdated. It's Just That Lightning-Fast, People.

Our third of five anaretic degree Full Moons is also a total lunar eclipse busting things wide open at 2:13 a.m. CT on December 21, just ahead of the Sun entering Capricorn and Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:38 p.m. that evening.

The Moon at 29 Gemini opposes the Sun at 29 Sagittarius with Mercury retrograde tightly involved at 26 Sagittarius. That opposition forms a tight mutable t-square formation with Jupiter and Uranus conjunct at 25 and 26 degrees Pisces or a mutable Grand Cross if you include soul mate asteroid Juno at 26 Virgo.

Suffice it to say, this is a lot going on. The mutable signs relate to adjustments, changes, movements, rolling with it. So you can get a feel for the fluidity, especially emotional, required to squeeze the most out of this Full Moon. We're being jostled around and pushed to a high energy point before clicking more solidly into place with our Sun in Capricorn positions conjunct Pallas Athene, the North Node and Pluto, with Mars and Ceres bringing up the rear in the sign of the seagoat.

This Full Moon has a sort of "cleaning out the carburetor" feel to me. Running on high for a short burst of time to clear the old gunk so that we'll be at our best, infused with sparkling fresh faith and inspiration for the sometimes dry, old grind of reaching-for-our-grandest-potential Capricorn within Pluto in Capricorn season. The energetic push up to 29th degree fullness brings things to this emotional high point, albeit a short, chaotic, and bizarrely changeable one under Gemini total lunar eclipse/mutable t-square conditions.

From a previous post on this series of anaretic degree Full Moons:

"On the anaretic degrees, we're distilling the energetic lessons of the entire signs.

At these anaretic Full Moons, the Sun opposite the Moon creates a point of highest pulling tension, a harmonic tightening along the polarity that tunes up the full spectrum of energies and spins off whatever is not necessary moving forward, leaving us with a new mix to play with."

What needs to be said will be said, and what needs to remain wordless wisdom will remain wordless wisdom. Knowing the difference is the Full Moon fulcrum, and here the oppositional tendencies come to 29th degree culmination in Gemini and Sagittarius.

Adding to the challenge, all this will be changing and shifting, crackling with energy in each moment, according to the broadening and shifting of our up-to-the-minute radical spiritual awareness apparent at this Full Moon square Uranus in Pisces. Things are not as they were. The old Piscean constructs, especially the "spirituality" constructs, are losing their charge. In fact, I see this Full Moon as a Grand Finale curtain call for much of the Piscean Age and New Age rhetoric and ideology - one last high before things start to peter out, including the pop 2012 furor, which will be moving forward on fumes from here.

Staying relevant, effective and true with our language and communication, both verbal and non, is the challenge here. With Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius exactly square Uranus in Pisces at the time of this lunation, beliefs and especially structured belief systems are necessarily shifting. The way people communicate their beliefs and connect through them is changing, also. There is a process of sharpening of meaning, shifting language patterns and navigating through staid and stale language constructs and catch phrases within the context of these rapidly changing Pisces-to-Aquarius conditions.

The weakening New Age spiritual hierarchy is playing the same tired memes. You can hear them underlying every conversation and every "new" insight. But, as always, New Age is on the eagle-eyed look-out for fresh energy and converts to envelop into the fold, propping up the pyramid scheme and sustaining itself into Aquarius. Watch for the rebranding underway, the creation of new ensnaring trends, the attempts to cool itself up by co-opting the so-called "darker, edgier" aspects of life on this planet and placing them within their own controlled paradigm.

"This Ain't Your Pluto in Leo's New Age."
"New Age: It's Not Just Love and Light Anymore."
"New Age. For The Discerning Spiritual Fascist."

Watching coddled, privileged, mostly white New Agers trying to wrap themselves around something other than the glazed, Neptunian reinforcement of their own controlled beliefs is good for a laugh, if nothing else.

However, differentiating from New Age beliefs and reinforcing that differentiation will continue to be necessary for anyone who does not desire to be carried along by the stolen, puffed-up energy and momentum of the Love and Light brigade...

Let me tell you. As an astrologer, with so much of the current astrology merged with New Age beliefs and so few aware of the extent of New Age embedding (neither their own nor cultural), this is beyond tricky.

There is a thread available here, stripped of rhetoric and hubris, that we can work to uncover as individuals, making the vital and sustaining connections as human beings living on this planet at this time.

This Gemini Full Moon happens conjunct the South Node at 2 degrees Cancer ahead of the South Node entering Gemini and North Node entering Sagittarius March 3. On some level, our communication and connection in this internet age have reached a peak. The interplay of ideas and information has reached critical mass, and things shift greatly on that front from March until August 2012.

We're getting booted out of some of the emotional and social reliance on this form of connection and turned down the North Node Sagittarian path of direct experiences with the big, bad world, relying on our stores of information, the connections we've made and what we've learned through the interactions as the fires of Sagittarian faith and inspiration propell us forward. This will be a refreshing shift in the long run (barring a total internet crackdown by the Global Governors), but as a Gemini Moon and cyber-astrologer, this energy shift does make me a wee bit uneasy. I'll write more about it in March, but the point of no return is reached at this Full Moon.

Soul mate asteroid Juno at 26 Virgo makes the Full Moon mutable t-square a mutable Grand Cross, and the analyzed and verballized distinctions matter. Saying what you mean and meaning what you say...while things shift and slide all around us.

A sloppy, glossed-over idea of Piscean unity doesn't cut it anymore. Under the more Aquarian overlay, our differences are actually what make us strong and recognizing, honouring and utilizing them is what makes us truly unified. The Virgoan details count in a big way to place us in the positions and within the tribes where we most fully belong.

Juno in Virgo opposes Uranus in Pisces one minute off exactly at the time of the Full Moon eclipse, and this asteroid works to ground the over-the-top Full Moon eclipse vibes, keeping attention turned to what needs to get done with this energy. It's not all chaos and madness and Dionysian celebratory humping in the forest.

The longer-term communications shift indicated by this Gemini Full Moon lunar eclipse square Uranus in Pisces brings the heightened possibility of psychic communication, non-verbal interplay and transmission, and telepathy over long distances among like souls. But the placement of Juno in Virgo, again, shows us that this is not energy to be mucked around with. We're meant to be doing something - usually quite specific somethings - with it. This is actually not a "fly wide open" time with all these squares and oppositions, though many seem to be pumping things up to that point. Boundaries that must be closely kept.

Juno in Virgo brings people and experiences into our lives to help us make the refining and grounding adjustments and effectively work with these cosmic vibes. Juno will make itself known in your life to keep you on track, drawing attention to any areas that need a little tune-up, any rough spots that need smoothing, any neglected details that could trip you up in the long-term. This is the lingering impression of the Saturn in Virgo - Uranus in Pisces opposition cycle. Remember that? How could we forget? These Virgoan tune-ups, coming through the soul mate asteroid, will be especially prevalent coming from contact with other people. Remember: this isn't soul mate as in your one and only true love. It's soul mate as in someone who compells some change, work, adjustment, refinement or improvement in you or your life. These 'soul mate' connections could be irritating as all hell...but they're necessary.

Also colouring this Full Moon eclipse is the fact that Venus is just coming out of its retrograde shadow at 13 degrees Scorpio, finishing with the last degrees of the Via Combusta on December 23. This adds to the celebratory flavour, as Venus is ready to crack into fresh, new territory, integrate the retrograde themes and morph our relationships and relationship styles accordingly.



Anaretic Degree Full Moons

October 22, 2010 - 29 Aries
November 21, 2010 - 29 Taurus
December 21, 2010 - 29 Gemini (total lunar eclipse)
January 19, 2011 - 29 Cancer
February 18, 2011 - 29 Leo

Thirteenth Degree New Moons

November 5, 2010 - 13 Scorpio
December 5, 2010 - 13 Sagittarius
January 4, 2011 - 13 Capricorn (partial solar eclipse)
February 4, 2011 - 13 Aquarius
March 4, 2011 - 13 Pisces
April 3, 2011 - 13 Aries

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Mercury Rx-Pluto-Mars Cosmic Sandwich and the Plutonic Sociological Imagination

Tonight marks the concentrated 10-minute time frame (10:05 to 10:15 p.m. CT) in which Mercury Rx, Pluto and Mars come together at 4 degrees Capricorn, and we are informed on this day about our new strategic paths, freshly carved out step-by-step from the destruction, detritus and debris Pluto has brought since 2008 in Capricorn.

The Moon, Uranus, Jupiter and Black Moon Lilith form another cosmic sandwich today, and our success here lies in deeply understanding the context of the times in which we are living and in allowing our movements to be naturally shaped by the wisdom of our souls, connected to spirit, within such times.

The Sabian symbol for 4 degrees Capricorn is: Indians - Some Rowing a Canoe While Others are Dancing a War Dance.

This symbol indicates the multi-layered preparations underway as we pick our way through the rubble just ahead of the Uranus ingress into Aries and the first degree of the astrological zodiac March 11.

Body (Mars) and mind (Mercury) are infused with understanding on the deepest energetic and cellular levels today about the complex trip we're taking and the sharp change in direction and acceleration up ahead.

At the same time, we're being prepared for further multi-dimensional battle under new Aquarian rules, drawing on the wisdom and guidance of the spirit-guided warrior clan lineages. Under the increasingly Aquarian umbrella, the fight for our freedom - physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual - continues. With Uranus' ingress into Aries, the battle sharpens and takes on a new urgency. We have to keep relaxed vigilance as we battle to stay healthy amidst attacks on our physicality and energetic systems, fighting to stay on our own soul's path rather than having our deepest fears coercively manipulated, forcing our hand and diverting us along less long-term-liberating avenues.

With so much Capricorn involved, we're looking to the long term. And with Pluto involved, it's that 'seven generations' type of long-term. This is the progress we're responsible for at this time.

We paddle our own canoes here, one stroke at a time bringing us closer to the final elimination of one path over another, one paradigm over another, and the crossing of the great stream. Eyes ahead, mind on what you're doing, no looking back - despite the overwhelmingly strong emotional pull of the Cancer South Node. Despite our own emotional propaganda, there were no really good old days. Not for everyone. Those often yearned-for and nostalgized 'good old days' were always propped up on the misery of someone else. The safety and security enjoyed by some was bought with the blood of others.

Astrology is about cycles, especially learning from previous cycles so as not to repeat the worst aspects of the past.

And you can see how this war dance energy is being used by those who desire war on this planet. The lock-step machinations that lead toward yet another depopulating Great War. And this is the beauty of astrology - of having such access to it. We can see the patterns and work our way out of them. We can see the manipulations before they come and prepare for them. We can match each step toward war, death, misery, destruction with a step of our own. This is where we're so effective.

Having the Plutonic sociological imagination does not mean resignation that these cycles are set in stone, destined to repeat - far from it. It's by using this tool that we can consciously work on choosing a different path, refusing to be energetically herded down the dystopian Aquarian track.

When Uranus enters Aries, we are in the beginning stages of a series of seven squares to Pluto in Capricorn (2012-2015). The last time Uranus in Aries squared Pluto (in Cancer) coincided with the rise of the Third Reich and the lead-up to World War II (1932-1934), which left 70 million or so dead.

On one level, this aspect series indicates steps taken toward another Great War by the Global Governing Fourth Reich, setting the tone for the burgeoning astrological Aquarian era. Locked-down control by the merged corpo-governmental militarized police state, energetic warfare, forced transhumanism, maybe even an eye toward intergalactic battling for new territory after this planet is further trashed and biological life attacked on the DNA level.

On another level, it indicates the genius manoeuvres of the human population as it rebels and quests for freedom of self, identity, individuality, humanity. Rock and roll, motherfuckers. These aspects indicate a time when shocking confrontations with and increasing awareness of what is really going on on this planet forces a decision from even the most staunchly consensus individuals. It's a time when people will be forced out of robotic compliance en masse and into a fuller understanding of who they are and what they're doing on this planet at this time. We commit fully to being our soul-sovereign human selves and living accordingly or we become the forced alternative...


Uranus in Aries squares to Pluto in Capricorn (2012 to 2015)

1. June 24, 2012 (Uranus 8 Aries/Pluto Rx 8 Capricorn)
2. September 18, 2012 (Uranus Rx 6 Aries/Pluto (stationing direct) 6 Capricorn)
3. May 20, 2013 (Uranus 11 Aries/Pluto Rx 11 Capricorn)
4. October 31, 2013 (Uranus Rx 9 Aries/Pluto 9 Capricorn)
5. April 21, 2014 (Uranus 13 Aries/Pluto Rx 13 Capricorn)
6. December 15, 2014 (Uranus Rx 12 Aries/Pluto 12 Capricorn)
7. March 16, 2015 (Uranus 15 Aries/Pluto 15 Capricorn)

Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Cancer (1932 to 1934)

1. April 21, 1932 (Uranus 20 Aries/Pluto 20 Cancer)
2. September 2, 1932 (Uranus Rx 22 Aries/Pluto 22 Cancer)
3. March 8, 1933 (Uranus 21 Aries/Pluto Rx 21 Cancer
4. November 4, 1933 (Uranus Rx 24 Aries/Pluto Rx 24 Cancer)
5. January 17, 1934 (Uranus 23 Aries/Pluto Rx 23 Cancer)


Pluto entered Cancer July 9, 1913, retrograding back into Gemini and entering Cancer for its full stay May 26, 1914. World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression coincided with Pluto in Cancer, but Pluto had dipped into Leo at the outbreak of World War II - commonly considered September 1, 1939 when Germany and Slovakia invaded Poland.

Part of me had to wonder if the plane crash deaths of almost the entire government of Poland this past April were somehow symbolic in this way...

Uranus entered Aries March 31, 1927, retrograding back into Pisces and entering Aries for its full stay January 13, 1928.

Pluto had been in Cancer for 15 years prior to the first square from Uranus in Aries in April 1932 at 20 degrees of the signs. But this time around, the squares are getting off to a much quicker start with Uranus and Pluto coming very close to squaring each other right off the bat during the cardinal T-squares in the summer of 2010.

You can see the similarities of the lead-up time to the initial square.

The speculation bubble burst on October 28, 1929 in the United States stock market, leading to the misery of the almost fifteen-year Great Depression. This was two-and-a-half years prior to the first Uranus-Pluto square.

The mortgage-based derivatives bubble burst and the U.S. stock market started to implode in September 2008, just under four years from the time of the first Uranus-Pluto square.

Both crashes created ripple-effect mass unemployment in countries around the world, uncertainty and an increasingly desperate population. Building prime conditions to weaken the resistance of the people, initiate the war and create new employment as military agents of the state.

Hitler's Sturm Abteilung civilian army grew exponentially during the time of the Uranus in Aries-Pluto in Cancer squares. In 1931, the SA had 70,000 members. By 1934 and the end of the square series, it had 4,500,000 members.

The current conditions echo this timeframe with offshoots of the police/surveillance state (whether military, police or security) becoming some of the only options for employment during Pluto in Capricorn. We can expect this pressure to continue during the 2012-2015 squares.

Things were set in motion grand-scale during this past summer. Uranus and Pluto will be in energetic square (within range/orb) during 2011 and 2012 leading up to the first exact square - just in time for hyped-to-death 2012.

But we're in a different scenario this time, and the distinctions matter.

Goebbels has replicated by the thousands, with millions of minions to spread the carefully-crafted official word. We now have thousands of radio and television channels combined with a worldwide web - a mainstream media designed and utilized for diversion and control of the people that also has the ability to reach into minds through carefully-created controlled opposition. The supposed alternative infiltrated by poisoned Plutonic tentacles.

Single figureheads are too dangerous in this energetic climate, so there is not one Hitler figure - there is a global network of them. How very Aquarian of them.

And yet, there is volatility in the ranks as those nearing the top of the pyramid-scheme hierarchies turn on each other.

At the same time, the alternative to this plan has also grown. We are also a network that spans the globe. Real gonzo journalism and citizen media refute the lies and reinforce the knowledge that there is a larger force, a broader intelligence at work here. This broader intelligence is what we have the ability to tap into tonight with the Mercury-Pluto-Mars conjunction, so still yourselves and listen, body and mind, to what these three have to say about what comes next for you.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Exact Mars-Pluto-Mercury Conjunction at 4 Degrees Capricorn

As I type, we've got a line-up in Capricorn of the North Node, Mars, Pluto and Mercury Rx at 2, 3, 4, and 5 degrees of the sign. Tomorrow night between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. CT, we experience Mercury Rx, Mars and Pluto coming together in a ridiculously potent triple conjunction at 4 Capricorn, just two degrees off our carved-out soul path forward indicated by the North Node. Take note of that 10 minutes in time as we are cosmically awash with understanding and body intuition about how we progress, personally and together, from here.

We've been waiting patiently as intelligence, communication and interaction planet Mercury ground out its retrograde station in Capricorn, and we now gain some very intriguing information and insight as Mercury gains momentum retro and slides back over a conjunction to Pluto, Mars and the North Node.

Mercury has been informed by a sextile to Venus in Scorpio on the day of its station (December 10) that the feminine has a little something to say - strategically, and with purpose. She'll keep it to herself until the right moment presents itself, as the feminine does, but there are some fine points that have been criminally neglected. There is unfinished business from the Venus retrograde and Ceres-Pluto conjunction that must be attended to if we are to make any real progress, rather than recreating the Hel structures of the past. There are touchy areas that need to be touched to bring about the release of the stolen feminine energy still tied up, locked down, languishing - areas uncovered through the diligent efforts of the personal planets transiting through Scorpio, now brought fully into play as Venus moves direct through its retrograde shadow.

All that Capricorn is disposited by Saturn in Libra which, in turn, is disposited by Venus in Scorpio. So it all goes back to our lady, see?

The Sun is in Sagittarius as the bodies come together in Capricorn, and the truth needs to come out. But how far are people willing to dig to get to the real stuff? How many comforting, buffering layers are they willing to come through? Or will they be satisfied with surface scratching?

Venus in Scorpio won't. Take my word for it.

The other feminine body in the zodiac, the Moon, is in late Pisces at the time of the triple conjunction in Capricorn. Uranus and Jupiter are in Pisces, too, sandwiched between the Moon and Black Moon Lilith. The deep, dark, neglected feminine Piscean truth is: we have to get the sea back into the sea goat or the end of the Age of the Fishies and entry into the Age of the Water-Bearer is going to bring one damned unpleasant era on this Earth. Mass spiritual extinction.

Our personal actions and use of words are stripped to the Plutonic bone here, but with good reason. All our energy is needed now for the most effective and empowering pathways.

If we stick to business over emotional habit and allow only the right ingredients into our alchemical mix at the time of this conjunction, personal progress can be fuzed here much more coherently with the broader collective progress we've been aching our whole lives to achieve. The scattered and tattered pieces we've collected from the far reaches of our soulscapes can be brought back into the fold and integrated lovingly, in their own time, strengthening the whole system. We can find the right edges and the right angles, finally, to more consciously (Mercury) fit our personal goals (Mars) like puzzle pieces into the larger framework and broader shifts, thereby finding a new emotional touchstone and security for that beleaguered Cancer South Node.

As the structural outgrowths collectively held in place by brittle and outdated illegitimate power super glue come crashing down, we are zooming through the cracks.

Every body in the zodiac aside from Mercury is moving direct, and we are catching a glimpse of the true potential of these times and of us within them. We're also heading to a short period of time (December 30, 2010 to January 25, 2011) when EVERY body in the zodiac will be moving forward. Though periods of immense pressure and constriction can still be expected, the steps are beginning to be laid out as we move to the first Uranus in Aries March Equinox.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lucky 13 Sagittarius New Moon as Uranus Stations Direct and the Truth is, It's All Just a Bit Surreal

Uranus is currently stationing direct at 26 Pisces and it's bringing the weird in sometimes overwhelming fits and flashes amidst the stone cold serious grouping in Capricorn (Ceres, Pluto, the North Node and stationing Mercury).

Our December 5 Lucky 13 Sagittarius New Moon (11:36 a.m. CT) is infused with this concentrated Uranus in Pisces energy as Uranus stations direct later that evening (7:50 p.m.). Mars in Sagittarius will be just past a square to Uranus in Pisces (December 3) adding some feistiness to the proceedings.

Emerging soul spaces and rejuvenated inspiration based in direct experience of our own guiding truths, strengthened and clarified at this New Moon as we rapidly transition from Piscean to Aquarian astrological eras.

There are many people who believe they have the truth these wild and woolly days - from New Agers, 9/11 Truthers, and UFO researchers to genetically engineering scientists, politicians, and WikiLeaks. But often, these so-called truth-tellers are wrapped up in the very systems and organizations and ideologies they claim to be attempting to out. What (possibly) started off as true opposition becomes enveloped, assimilated, hooked into the same old end points. Celebrity, cliqueiness and in crowds - and the thirst for recognition within them - start to overshadow the real work.

People realize how difficult it is to stay true, how unpopular the truths no one else wants to touch are - and how unpopular speaking those truths might make them. And they fudge it a bit. They soften their standards for the acceptance and energy of being more palatable to the crowd.

Figurehead truthtellers are put forth as supposed radicals who carefully control the information and oppositional vibes, never coming close to the full root truth.

I recently had an experience with an individual I would consider an establishment truthteller figurehead, after being invited by my roomie to a speech by a man named George Galloway. I hadn't heard of this man and generally avoid these types of things but decided to go with her. It turns out he was on a paid speaking tour across Canada. Of course he was. He's a Scottish MP in the British Parliament currently embroiled in a public pissing match/legal battle with Jason Kenney, the Canadian federal minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, who attempted to have him banned from Canada as a terrorist due to his really quite uncontroversial stance on Palestine and Israel. Basically, he isn't rampantly pro-Zionist as the Harper Conservatives are.

So I sat at the speech for a while listening to him loudly proclaim what I suppose passes for revolutionary thought in Parliaments these days. Most of the crowd was eating it up, clapping at all the right moments. But as I listened to him make his middle-of-the-road points and talk about his accolades and his meetings with Her Majesty the Queen, I thought, if this is what's passing for independent, radical thought these days in the peace movement, we're in trouble.

Why are people still so desperate for an authority figure, a hero? And why are so many people willing to pay to listen to a guy saying things that any woman (or conscious man) knows pretty much from birth?

I closed my eyes, and his loud, emphatic speaking tone started to sound a bit like Hitler's. My head started to ache. My pelvis started to hurt. My feminine energy was protesting that I would sit and subject myself to it.

Needless to say, I had to leave the speech early and regretted parting with my dollars to listen to this man. My roommate did some research later and found out he is anti-abortion and votes that way in British Parliament. Definitely not my cup of tea. But the rapt attention this man was receiving, including a partial standing ovation, was a bit surreal.

It's all a bit surreal, isn't it? The trances, the consensus realities - especially in so-called alternative circles. The establishment has definitely set in in this Pluto in Capricorn Age.

The dispositor of the Sagittarius New Moon is Jupiter in Pisces, which is conjunct Uranus, making the Uranian/Piscean Bizarre-o World flavour even more pronounced.

Think Nazis and NWO-ers dancing the reel with the cast of the early John Waters films to Isabella Rosselini in red lipstick singing a Roy Orbison song.

At this New Moon, we're gathering the Uranus in Pisces flashes of insight as puzzle pieces to guide us through the bizarre and surreal aspects of Pisces-to-Aquarius.

With the Sun and Moon involved, the two luminaries, the truths we're being inspired by at this New Moon are personal ones. The masculine-heavy rhetoric and posturing clear away at the Dark of the Moon. The lunar energy washes over us as we honour the truth that we are, the wisdom that we hold, simply by being, and the direct access we have to it always. The truths we embody just by being who we are and living true to that in these times, with the experiences we've had or understood through our physical and spiritual lineages ringing through every cell. This involves, especially, feminine truth. The truth of the women of this planet. And sure, the truth of the men who hear and feel and know that feminine truth and take responsibility for it. They are few.

This New Moon is a point in time to welcome rejuvenation of the force of optimism in our lives amidst some fairly horrifying circumstances.

The Gulf stream current has been disrupted, more than likely purposefully, by the nightmare going on in the Gulf of Mexico. This basically means all life on this planet has been disrupted. Uranus (disruptor) in Pisces (oceans and energetic flow). There is an old, energy-holder culture whose patterns have been disrupted, destroyed, in the Gulf fishermen and women. A rhythmic, natural flow that helped to regulate life on this planet has been shattered, just as the lives of those people have been shattered with loss of livelihood, loss of way of life and loss of health.

More than that, this is an intentional traumatic break between Piscean and Aquarian eras. A giant symbolic offering to those forces that would like us to head down the dystopian Aquarian track. An artificial jumpstart.

This 13th degree Sagittarrius New Moon is an opening into renewed faith, renewed inspiration and a renewal of our ultimate guiding truth in light of the very tricky times in which we find ourselves living. And in light of our awareness of all those thirteenth witch realities that are still so obscured and denied by the majority. This New Moon portal opens new emotional territory for us along these lines that sustains us going forward from this point.

Sagittarius is often associated with things like university education, philosophy, and religion, but I always found those associations too patriarchal to be the whole story for a sign as connected to our wildness and freedom as Sagittarius. Sagittarius requires intellectual freedom and room to roam, and really, higher education, philosophy and religious scholarship can be trappings. Historically, these things, along with another Sagittarian association, long-distance travel, have been accessible only by people of a certain financial and social privilege and mostly by white men within that privilege.

Sagittarius is a sign related to direct experiences with life that bring us closer to truth, so how can Sagittarius be tied up with these things when every individual did not and does not have access to them? To me, they can be a means to an end, but they are not the crux of the sign - free thinkers don't need ideology or university degrees, although exposure to those things can definitely be beneficial.

The symbol for Sagittarius is the centaur - half human, half horse - and I think the real talent of Sagittarius energy is its development of inherent knowledge of the natural way of things - how things would go down and should go down if we were all really free to live in attunement with the natural world around us.

Although the centaur is often considered a masculine symbol, centaurs are also female, and I think the female aspect of the symbol is part of what emerges at this New Moon.

After Uranus goes direct, every planet in our zodiac will be moving direct. We're moving forward quite rapidly from this New Moon to Spring Equinox and Uranus in Aries. At that point, Uranus will not be back to Pisces for 76 years.

All this forward planetary motion will help to offset the hardcore Mercury retrograde we'll soon be experiencing (December 10-30). Mercury will be the only planet moving retrograde until January 26 when Saturn turns retro at 17 degrees Libra.

So we're on our way at the point of the Sagittarius New Moon to one of the most all-encompassing birth point equinoxes we've seen in quite some time.

This is why the strengthening of our personal truth, the clarifying of our personal wisdom and the rejuvenation of our faith, our spirit and our optimism is so important at this New Moon.

And if you have to walk out of the speech early because it just isn't hitting you as legit, by all means...

The Moon enters Sagittarius December 4 at 11:50 a.m. CT. The New Moon is December 5 at 11:36 a.m. Uranus goes direct December 5 at 7:50 p.m.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Pressurized Mercury Retrograde Station Conjunct Pluto-North Node in Capricorn

Mercury enters Capricorn tomorrow evening (6:10 p.m. CT), and we're heading into one beast of a Mercury retrograde just in time for winter solstice and the holidays.

After the ingress, Mercury will conjunct both the North Node (2 degrees) and Pluto (4 degrees) in Capricorn before stationing retrograde at 5 degrees on Friday December 10 (6:05 a.m.). Oooh, boy.

For those unaware of the current lock-step manoeuvres of the Global Governors and their corporate partners, holiday air travellers in the United States are in for a real treat (a dried-up, store-bought fruitcake sort of treat) with the choice of either a privacy-invading, rights-stomping, irradiating full body scan or a privacy-invading, rights-stomping, verging on sexual assault full body pat-down at airports across the country.

Stevie Harper and his government, always in complete compliance with the Obamanation, have also spent 11 million taxpayer dollars on 44 of these hideous things in order to outfit all major airports in Canada - Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. This goes along with the 317 scanners installed at 65 airports across the United States.

Just as Toronto police quietly slid LRADs into mainstream policing tactics via the G20 Summit this past cardinal t-square-infused summer, Canadian airports are now sliding these rights-violating American "security" protocols in, and the sovereignty of our country continues to be eroded under the North American Union-loving types people erroneously call our leaders.

In Canada, though, only passengers bound for the United States have to go through the scanners or have a pat down and only if they have been chosen for a secondary security screening.

Nonetheless, airports are places where a bunch of multi-dimensional hi jinx goes down, where energetic vigilance is always necessary, and this makes things quite dicey, especially for those with highly sensitive systems. Let's just say there is more to these scans than meets the eye and more going on than is apparent on the physical level.

After Mercury stations retrograde December 10, it moves back to conjunct Pluto yet again, and we experience a triple conjunction of Mercury, Mars and Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn on December 13, two degrees from the North Node. The top-down, integrated police state manoeuvres (Pluto in Capricorn) involving state intrusion on people's bodies (Mars) while travelling (Mercury) is an unfortunately textbook mix for these astro energies. If people are unable to apply a little of that Plutonic X-ray vision and awareness for themselves here as they are unceremoniously stripped of yet more personal privacy and liberty, the slide down the slippery slope continues.

It's quite interesting to follow the Plutonic roots and see who is financially benefiting from these scanners.

Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and co-author of the United States Patriot Act, was the vociferous member of government calling in mainstream media for these scanners at airports across the land. It turns out Chertoff's security consulting agency, The Chertoff Group, counts Rapiscan - the company that manufactures the scanners with quite a fitting name - among its clients.

This is along the lines of former Monsanto executive Michael Taylor being appointed to a high level position with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The cross-overs between business and government have gotten the point where they are, in actuality, completely Plutonically fuzed.

So don't expect the Mercurial function to be zipping along for the next couple months. We entered the retrograde shadow November 22 at 19 degrees Sagittarius, and things have already started going haywire. Expect glitches, weighty delays, time lags, very tight and pressurized communication. A lot of patience is going to be required.

We're being kept on point here in no uncertain terms and challenged to be direct, honest and on-topic.

Just as Mercury enters Capricorn, it sextiles Venus (December 1) which has just re-entered Scorpio. No one is in the mood for any crap, and those skimming by as bullshit artists can be easily unmasked under these aspects.

Venus is heading through Scorpio until January 7, and we're moving forward in relationship stripped clean of detrimental old emotional attractions and etheric connections, puncturing wounding illusions and dissipating the Neptunian way of falling for potential over reality. If any of this tail-end Piscean era stuff is clinging to your pant leg and trying to hook you back in with Venus direct, just stay with it, stay focused and keep calmly removing it and re-directing as Venus traverses Scorpio. The Venus square to Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius and trine to Jupiter-Uranus in Pisces on the January 4 Capricorn New Moon/partial lunar eclipse is the big status report that will show us just how far we've come, so long as we've done the work (Saturn in Libra).

As always with Mercury retro, there is a rewiring going on that needs its sweet time to be completed. Conjunct Pluto, it is happening in light of ever-growing collective awareness of the core Pluto in Capricorn realities unfolding on our planet and of our own personal paths through it.

There is a stripping down of mental function, communication and transit to bare necessity. The ongoing requirement for the purging and purifying of our mental environments and communication habits gets serious here. We're heading right into the heart of the Pluto in Capricorn corpo-governmental beast, and we need our mental environments to be as clear of nefarious influences as possible as we go.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Anaretic Degree Full Moons and the Movement of the Fixed Stars

Anaretic Degree Full Moons

October 22, 2010 - 29 Aries
November 21, 2010 - 29 Taurus
December 21, 2010 - 29 Gemini (total lunar eclipse)
January 19, 2011 - 29 Cancer
February 18, 2011 - 29 Leo

Thirteenth Degree New Moons

November 5, 2010 - 13 Scorpio
December 5, 2010 - 13 Sagittarius
January 4, 2011 - 13 Capricorn (partial solar eclipse)
February 4, 2011 - 13 Aquarius
March 4, 2011 - 13 Pisces
April 3, 2011 - 13 Aries

We've just experienced the second of our anaretic Full Moons at 29 Taurus.

As I've written previously, this series of anaretic Full Moons, in combination with the series of "Thirteenth Witch" New Moons, marks a six-month period of massive culmination points coupled with potent new triggered openings ahead of Uranus' ingress back into Aries in March of 2011.

That ingress marks the beginning of the official "whole new ballgame" on this planet, especially in light of the devastation being wrought by all those kooky End Times lovers. Where do we go from here? For those invested in staying on Planet Earth and improving conditions, that's becoming a tricky question to answer.

The new 13th degree openings are made possible by some long-hidden and long-suppressed realities suddenly being made visible. Energetic violations and abuses that have simmered beneath the surface are being busted wide open and aired, finally, in the collective - starting to gain traction now because they are simply too flagrant to turn a blind eye to at this point. Too many dots have been connected. People are starting to understand that it's all inter-related and it's not going anywhere, that none of it has ever been swept under the rug, not really.

And a cheer goes up from Plutonics across the land. Could it be that the masses are now getting a wee understanding?

The addition of the 13th witch - either literal or energetic symbolic - sets things into motion, triggering necessary alchemical tipping points as we pass through each New Moon doorway on our way back to the initial Uranus in Aries birth point of a brand new energetic paradigm on this Earth.

Here's our running start. There's no going back. Things are speeding up here at a point when we feel we can hardly tolerate much more. Processing massive energy changes and facilitating unfathomable shifts through our bodies, minds, energetic beings, relationships and placements in physical locations. For me, it's nowhere near as knock-me-on-my-ass overwhelming as it has been over the previous seven years of Uranus in Pisces-Neptune in Aquarius, but for others who have not been doing this kind of energetic work, it could be a rude awakening.

We're hurtling along as Venus gets back up to full speed direct in the Via Combusta. Drop, purge or burn away whatever you can now. Moving this fast and covering this much ground, we have to be as streamlined as possible. There are big propulsions going on here, and we need all the velocity we can muster. Being slowed down by our baggage - or worse, running headlong into someone else's - is something we can't risk. Don't take the bait. Duck and weave. Hitting a suitcase full of redundant Piscean Age bullshit at these speeds would not be pretty...

This is a pivotal time period in which it is being determined where we will be going, where we will be placed within the newly developing Aquarian fray, where our soul skills and abilities will carve out a new path compatible with what we're here on this planet to do during these times.

And we don't just sail through these New Moon portals easy peasy. Oh no. We have to work it, and it sure doesn't feel great. The North Node is conjunct Pluto, and in fact, our path through this mess feels like hell a lot of the time.

From a previous post:

"We have to work for new ground here, proving ourselves inside and out and displaying that we really have learned enough to move on from the Piscean era karmic loops...

Potent new energy will be streaming onto the planet and into our lives during these 13th degree New Moons with the potential to shake us out of some really embedded collective and personal yuck...but also with a requirement to bring things to a full conclusion with the anaretic Full Moons. If we don't do it right, if we don't get all of it, we don't enter any truly new territory. There's a rhythm here with these Moons where we can intuit how far we need to take things - and not a step farther."

As most know, a Full Moon is experienced when the Sun is exactly opposite the Moon, so each of these anaretic degree Full Moons happens with the Sun on the anaretic degree of the opposite sign. The anaretic degree is the last degree of a sign and is significant in that it is a degree in which we are challenged to master and apply what we've learned during previous degrees of the sign - or suffer the consequences. It's a make-or-break degree, complex and multi-layered, where to shirk our responsibilities means not moving forward, at the very least.

On the anaretic degrees, we're distilling the energetic lessons of the entire signs.

At these anaretic Full Moons, the Sun opposite the Moon creates a point of highest pulling tension, a harmonic tightening along the polarity that tunes up the full spectrum of energies and spins off whatever is not necessary moving forward, leaving us with a new mix to play with.

An interesting aspect of this time period is that just after we finish this series of New and Full Moons and Uranus re-enters Aries, the fixed star Scheat follows Uranus' path from 29 Pisces to 0 Aries. Scheat is a nasty character, associated with all those very unfortunate Piscean things like imprisonment, drowning, murder, suicide, shipwrecks, and sorrow. So at the very least, this should be one albatross lifted from beleaguered tail-end Pisces. What it will mean to have Uranus conjunct Scheat in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn...well, let's just focus on what we're doing now, shall we?

Interestingly, along with Scheat, many of the other fixed stars have fairly recently precessed from the 29th degree to the 0 degree. Lots of shifting going on.

Alrisha entered zero Taurus from Aries, Pleaides precessed to zero Gemini; Menkalinan precessed to zero Cancer, Aludra precessed to zero Leo, Regulus precessed to zero Virgo, Toliman shifted to zero Sagittarius, Sinistra shifted to zero Capricorn and Terebellum to zero Aquarius.

So whereas these anaretic Full Moons would have been happening exactly conjunct these fixed stars, we've got a little pressure taken off! Party.

Alrisha added a fortunate flavour to our October Aries Full Moon, especially along the lines of unity within groups.

Pleaides, the Seven Sisters, adds a downer vibe to the our recent Taurus Full Moon along the lines of accidents, blindness (hmm - maybe not just literal) and violence. This Full Moon also happened within a couple degrees of what many consider the nastiest, most evil and violent fixed star of the bunch, Algol. This star is associated with violence, beheading, hanging, choking, asphyxiation, electrocution, murder, mob violence. Good times. I think we could say with fair certainty that the stampede on the last night of a Cambodian water festival that killed 345 people and injured 320 more was a Taurus Full Moon conjunct Algol event.

Menkalinan continues the downward slide at our Gemini Full Moon with risk of ruin, disgrace, violent death - especially through pleasure-seeking (so no seeking of pleasure, you crazy kids!) - and a danger of earthquakes if associated with solar eclipse. Luckily, we are dealing with a lunar eclipse on this one. Earthquakes are not something we want to experience this December, especially after the horror of the Haiti earthquake last year, with millions still homeless and now a horrifying cholera outbreak, brought in more than likely by UN workers.

Aludra raises our spirits with the Cancer Full Moon. This star has a fortunate vibe involving good-hearted charitableness and faithfulness but with a hint of dangerous passions, a dash of danger from or fear of darkness and a slight liability to dog bites.

Our Leo Full Moon in February just ahead of the Uranus ingress keeps the good times rolling and should bolster our spirits, conjoined with what is considered by some to be the most benefic star in the universe, Regulus. This star is considered the most royal: Raphael, the healing archangel and watcher of the North. Nobility, ambition, alertness, great power, status and leadership are associated with a little bit of sudden downfall, accidents and violence just to keep things interesting.

Thanks to astrologer Rob Tillet for his fixed star information.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Venus Stationing Direct Trine Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius

Venus has almost finished its 41-day retrograde through Scorpio and the late degrees of Libra and is currently stationing direct at 27 degrees Libra. The Venus retrograde themes are potent as we grind out the final days of this retrograde. If issues around love, money, relationship, values and self-worth are frustrating or painful (especially along the what could have been/what we wish had been and what really is and was front), hang in there. We're coming around the bend. No rash movements. We've come too far and done too well to blow it now...

Venus is back at the opening doorway of the retrograde shadow, where it was September 4. This is where we started the review of all things Venusian in our lives, probably most intently with love relationships. Venus will go direct Thursday, November 18 at 3:18 p.m. CT and will leave retrograde territory altogether at 13 Scorpio on December 19.

Jupiter is stationing direct simultaneously (at 23 degrees Pisces, conjunct a stationing Uranus) and will start moving forward through the zodiac the same day Venus does at 10:54 a.m. CT.

Jupiter and Venus moving forward on the same day frees up some beneficial energies. Retrogrades have a way of making things feel very constricting, and that starts to shift now. These direct stations are yet another layer of pulling up old anchors as we move toward a grand-scale shift in early 2011.

From a previous post:

"As we hurtle through this portal and start to gain momentum, the other planets are going direct like dominoes. We're pulling up old anchors one-by-one as Neptune, Chiron, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus all station direct by December 5. December 5 to January 25, 2011 is a time when all planets, excluding Mercury, are direct and many wheels start to turn ahead of Uranus re-entering Aries March 11 and a huge push forward into new territory at Spring Equinox.

We need a running start into that time in order to launch ourselves beyond the entrapping tail-end Piscean Age tendrils and the nasty uses of Pluto in Capricorn energy - to truly cross the great stream - and that running start begins now with the initial steps."

Just as it was when it entered the retrograde shadow, Venus is in tight trine to Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius, which have both recently gone direct themselves in exact conjunction. You can read more about these themes here:

Venus Trines Neptune-Chiron and Enters the Retrograde Shadow at 27 Libra

This Venus retrograde has gone down in an area of the zodiac called the Via Combusta or the Burning Path - very alchemically charged. Venus will come out of this zone at Winter Solstice. You can read more about this here:

Venus, Eros and Mars in the Via Combusta and Karmic Love Cleansing Through the Alchemical Fires

Another important piece of this Venus retro, which kicks off a new 18-month Venus cycle, is the strategic positioning of the feminine asteroids around the time of the retrograde station:

Ladies of the Zodiac...It's Showtime.

Pluto and the North Node will be conjunct at 3 degrees Capricorn during Venus' direct station, and the empowerment of the feminine, bringing it to the decision-making table as a full partner, becomes an even stronger necessity in the Plutonic restructuring process currently underway.

Our real status report checkpoint as far as how we've done with the themes and issues this Venus retrograde has brought to our attention doesn't come until early January.

Venus will square Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius and trine Jupiter-Uranus in Pisces from Scorpio at that point, marking the final personal planet to do so. These aspects happen on a potent little day also - January 4, the day of the 13th degree Capricorn New Moon. A new level of responsibility (especially emotional and energetic responsibility) in relationship unfolds from there.

Venus gets back up to full speed by the end of November, and we should be making progress with relationship issues of all kinds - as long as we can apply what we've been made aware of during the retro phase.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ceres and Pluto in the Headlines: You Only Want Me For My Potash

Corporate consolidation (Pluto) in the agricultural sector (Ceres) continues at warp speed, and the race is on as the North Node in Capricorn exactly conjuncts Pluto, something that happens only every 17 years or longer. This Pluto-North Node conjunction in early Capricorn is creating a potent channel with the potential for major strategic progress toward long-term goals - both personally and collectively/globally.

As always, there are different ways to work with the prevailing astrological conditions, depending who you are and what you're doing with your time on this planet. With Pluto involved, the energies go to extremes.

Some of the Plutonic progress made here will be for the broadest, 'seven generations' type of good as far as unearthing core truths and realities, increasing awareness and empowerment, and working to extricate and liberate us from hell scenarios being purposefully triggered and unleashed on our planet. Using newly sharpened cataytic awareness of underlying energetic realities and newly unearthed Plutonic understanding and connections to shed the influence of pyramid-scheme hierarchical misery and suffering, driving ourselves forward in the spaces between those constructions.

With Pluto being the ruler of Hades, though, this channel will also be used in an attempt to further the goals of evil and cruelty on this planet. Here's where the Global Governors and their millions of minions come into play, jockeying for position to be current-day rulers of Hades, it seems.

This conjunction was exact November 9 after both Pluto and the North Node conjuncted Ceres, the Goddess asteroid related to grains, cereals and the fertility of the Earth. Purposefully-created worldwide food shortages, inflation on the price of food fuelling diabolical derivatives schemes, profiting from the starvation of the people, corporate GMO power grabs, criminalizing independently grown foods and natural supplements, raids on independent farmers - these are the Ceres-Pluto headlines, all aspects of the corporate move on food that has been slowly building.

Now is a quickening. Control the food; control the people.

But the corporate free-for-all climate seems to be taking a turn along the North Node path...

The Canadian government blocked the initial attempt at a hostile takeover of Saskatchewan's PotashCorp - the world's largest producer of potash - by Australian company BHP Billiton. Billiton was given until December 3 to come back with a sweeter deal but withdrew its bid instead. BHP Billiton controls potash interests, the rarest component in fertilizer, around the world and has a finger in many pies as the world's largest diversified resources group.

The idea of my home province, agrarian Saskatchewan, losing control of its potash industry turns my stomach. This turn of events doesn't mean the industry is now safe - the Canadian government seems to be open to more lucrative foreign offers - but this block is still good news for the people of Saskatchewan and for Canada. It's also a somewhat surprising move coming from Stephen Harper's Conservative government - especially as Harper returns from the latest G20 meeting of Global Governors in Seoul, Korea, this weekend.

This decision comes as Canadian fertilizer maker Agrium is bidding $1.1 billion to take over the Australian Wheat Board and has the Australian government crying foul along free trade lines.

The chair of the Australian Parliament's foreign affairs committee, Michael Danby, said in Canadian media, "I think you can’t selectively be a member of the World Trade Organization....Either you believe in free trade or you don’t."

Danby also said this type of protectionism shows a tightening of international markets that replicates the conditions of the Great Depression.

Let's recall that we are heading into a series of squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn - in effect now, but becoming exact seven times between June 2012 and March 2015. The last time Uranus squared Pluto, Uranus was also in Aries, but Pluto was in Cancer. Those squares were exact between April 1932 and January 1934 - right in the thick of the Great Depression. The stock market crash happened in 1929, three years before the first exact square, and the current (ongoing) economic collapse was triggered as Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008.

One of the reasons given for the block of the takeover was trends showing that potash prices are going to rise - making BHP Billiton's bid of $40 billion too low. Who would have thought sleepy little Saskatchewan would find itself with some of the hottest stocks on the market?

Potash is one of three key components in fertilizer (along with nitrogen and phosphate) and is the rarest component by far, with only 13 significant producers around the world. There's that Lucky 13 again.

Consolidated corporate control of fertilizer goes in lock-step with control of the seed supply, as the Big Six (DuPont, BASF, Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow) rush to patent their "climate-ready" seeds, designed to grow in poor conditions, with less fertilizer. Hmm...

As manufactured weather crises create the conditions for grand-scale food shortages (as they have this past cardinal t-square summer), the corporate GMO-shleppers are going to be right there with their climate-ready seeds. Rising input costs is one of the major factors driving independent farmers out of business, and as the price of fertilizer rises (with supplies being consolidated in the hands of very few world players), there will be yet more pressure to use these GMO seeds.

But here we've got a big, uncharacteristic block from Stevie H, and it's not all friendly good times in the Global Governor/CEO clubhouse.

The feeding frenzy of hostile takeovers, mergers and strategic manoevres finds corporations swallowing each other (and government-owned resources) whole, and there is increasing viciousness in the ranks. Friend turns to foe in the blink of an eye under these types of transits, which will only be fuelled by the wildcard energy of Uranus in Aries beginning this March.

We're dealing with Capricorn here, and in general, these are slow and gradual movements, building over time. Big strategic moves are being made under this aspect and this web bot-alerted tipping point time - mostly in setting up new relationships (Saturn in Libra) as Obama and his cast of characters troll Asia under a deadly and symbolically erupting Mount Merapi.

The exact meaning of these strategic manoevres and relationships is Plutonically obscured. There is a delicate balance that the Global Governors need to manage and maintain - and they're keenly aware of this fact. They can't move too fast or get too power-hungry or they will trigger a revolt that reaches into the lives of even the most blissfully unaware Hockey/Soccer Moms and Doting, Dutiful Dads.

The North Node moves into Sagittarius March 3, and the conjunction to Pluto is strong into Spring Equinox 2011.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pluto Conjunct the North Node with Ceres in the Mix and Food as Ammo

The North Node and Pluto are conjunct at 3 degrees Capricorn. It's Remembrance Day in Canada - the day we remember the war dead in ceremonies and with a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, observed to recall the end of World War I on this date in 1918. The words, "Never again," pass through many lips on this day.

But in actual fact, the war is still going on, still smouldering. Though most don't see it, the war never really ended. And this marks a fitting day to become more fully aware of just how the war has changed, is changing, right before our eyes so that we can we can peacefully disengage.

With Pluto and the North Node together in early Capricorn, our necessary soul's path forward leads us right into the thick of it, into previously obscured battlefields.

Ceres, the asteroid related to grains, cereals and the fertility of the Earth, is strongly involved here, having conjuncted both Pluto and the North Node over the past month and still within five degrees of their conjunction.

We can see quite clearly, with Ceres and Pluto so intertwined, how the chemical warfare that has been brought down so horrendously on human beings in the past - in these wars we are remembering this November 11th - has Plutonically morphed, gone into the soil and embedded in the nourishing Ceres domain.

Corporations once involved (and still involved) in acts against life on this planet are now clamouring to control our food supply.

A group of six chemical corporations (DuPont, BASF, Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow) and their biotech partners (Mendel Biotechnology and Evogene) are working to create a stranglehold on the world's seed supply with their genetically modified versions, implanted with foreign genetic material of many varieties.

The most recent strategic move on this front has found these corporations stockpiling patents on "climate-ready" crops - genetically designed and marketed by them just for these "End Times," y'all!

As nature and the weather are purposefully manipulated to create natural food shortages through floods, heat waves, hail storms, droughts and pest outbreaks (fuelling derivatives schemes), these companies are going to swoop in and save the world with their magical GMO seeds that will grow in even the crappiest of conditions! No rain? No fertilizer? Soil is the shits? No problem!

Under this dystopic plan, the natural fertility of the Earth is destroyed (Ceres-Pluto), and only complete reliance on these corporate GMOs will save us from starvation.

These chemical corporations that would like us to be dependent on them for our food supply are war criminals (corporations are people, right?), guilty of committing heinous crimes against humanity - crimes that now continue with the manipulation and corruption of our DNA through pollution of food, medicine and environment.

Monsanto produced chlorine and mustard gases used in the trenches in World War I and is the company that brought us Agent Orange, a defoliant used to strip trees of their leaves during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange is highly toxic, carcinogenic and killed or debilitated hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people and Vietnam veterans, as well as causing widespread genetic damage and birth defects. The depleted uranium of the 1960s and 70s. Also among Monsanto's list of improvements to the human condition are saccharin, DDT, PCBs, bovine growth hormones and Aspartame.

Those who read this blog regularly will recall that Bayer is the maker of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic Cipro, designed to ward off anthrax, prescribed to me for a mild urinary tract infection last December. This drug poisoned my entire system and caused debilitating side effects from which I am still recovering. Cipro has been repurposed as a cure-all post-anthrax scare and is prescribed widely by doctors in North America for minor infections. The side effects are kept from the public and from most doctors, who are not aware or do not believe these types of side effects are possible. Bayer was part of the Nazi chemical and pharmaceuticals conglomerate IG Farben, along with BASF - another German chemical company trying everything to get into our refrigerators and pantries. IG Farben was the only company in the Third Reich that actually ran its own concentration camp. It bought and used human guinea pigs to test its drugs and manufactured the deadly pesticide Zyklon B, which was used in the gas chambers.

DuPont is a corporation now in the chemicals and plastics game but started off manufacturing gunpowder, becoming the largest supplier to the U.S. military by the mid-19th century. DuPont was also a producer of plutonium and played a major role in the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb. DuPont has been the key company behind the development of modern body armour, including the development of Kevlar which led to the bullet-proof vest, now prevalent in police and military units around the world.

American chemical company Dow produced napalm and Agent Orange for the U.S. government during the Vietnam War. After public protests of napalm, all other companies making it stopped production, leaving good old Dow reaping the profits as the sole provider. Dow also managed a nuclear weapons production facility from 1951 to 1975 near Denver, Colorado called Rocky Flats Plant that was involved in multiple radioactive leaks and contamination fires. Thousands, probably tens of thousands, of plant workers have died or are sick from cancers caused by radiation exposure and most have had their compensation claims denied. Dow was ordered in 2008 to pay $925 million in damages to 12,000 homeowners who live downwind of the plant for plutonium contamination, but in September 2010, an appeals court threw out the award. Dow and the other company involved were indemnified by the U.S. government in the case, meaning taxpayers would have paid any judgment along with the companies' legal fees.

Swiss-based Syngenta is the only company that calls itself an agribusiness company, focusing on the production of Frankenfoods entirely.

Do these sound like the people who ought to be responsible for feeding the world? As Pluto and the North Node come together, post-conjunctions to Ceres, food truly is ammunition.

None of the atrocities committed by these companies have been resolved in any way at this tail-end Piscean era. They have gained strength and power through war, poison and human suffering, and now they'd like to control the world seed supply. Fancy that.

These moral giants, partnering with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, are also donating royalty-free seeds to poor African farmers (corruption of the root).

Take it from Indian farmers, Africa. Just say no.

There aren't many companies that can say they are directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of farmer suicides - but Monsanto can! Over 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India since 1997 and the introduction of patented seeds. You see, those seeds that they're handing out free today cannot be saved from year to year - a common farming practice. These seeds have been engineered as "terminator seeds," which do not germinate for use in the next year. Even if the seeds did germinate, a farmer saving seeds like Monsanto's RoundUp Ready variety would quite easily be slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit. Even if you haven't saved the seeds, Monsanto will often willy nilly slap you with a lawsuit. Just ask hundreds of North American farmers who face ruination due to this corporation as it attempts to corner the market.

Poor farmers who think they are getting a hell of a deal from Monsanto soon find that they are forced to buy these seeds from year-to-year. If they do not have the money to keep buying, they are out of business - not to mention the damage to the soil and waterways growing these GMOs does.

To curb its critics, Monsanto has taken to hiring Blackwater mercenaries to spy on anti-GMO activists. You'll remember Blackwater as the group hired by the U.S. government that regularly opened fire on and murdered Iraqui civilians during the war there. (From What They Don't Tell You blog.)

The merger of police state/military industrial complex with corporate GMO food. Pluto-North Node-Ceres in Capricorn.

Actively supporting the alternative to this chemical-ridden horror show has never been more important. There are many good sources of organic and non-GMO food available. Farmer's markets are populated by local farmers committed to producing good food. Yes, there are still good people out there.

Who would have thought buying real food from a farmer's market or organic grocery would become a revolutionary act? But in this Pluto in Capricorn toxic corporate age, that's exactly what it is.

Buying natural supplements is also one of those revolutionary acts as federal legislation attempts to crack down, forcing reliance on Big Pharma. Bill C-36 in the Canadian legislature is designed to impose drug-style restrictions on natural products, in effect, outlawing their sale and reducing their availability. The Canadian distributor NOW FOODS (a company whose products I use) was recently told by the federal Natural Health Products Directorate that 53 of their natural products had to be removed from shelves. Chipping away...

Despite this top-down clamp-down, the alternatives are still out there - we just have to dig a little (Pluto) to get to them. Pluto shows us the ugly stuff so we have the necessary knowledge and will to drive to the alternative, to something better. Ceres is asking us to take a closer look at what truly nourishes us, including standing up for what's right.

On October 19, just as Ceres and Pluto formed their conjunction, it was announced that, for the first time, Bayer CropScience had settled with three Texas rice farmers suing over the contamination of their rice crops by Bayer's genetically modified LibertyLink variety.

The contamination by Bayer's GMO rice has caused more than 7,000 long-grain rice farmers in five U.S. states - Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas - to lose European markets, bringing export restrictions, bans on two kinds of high-yield seeds and a plunge in prices. The losses are in the billions of dollars, though, of course, you can't really put a price on this type of contamination.

The farmers affected in the five U.S. states are currently suing Bayer over the contamination of their crops. Bayer has lost six previous trials brought by the farmers to the tune of $54 million. These initial trials were considered bellwether trials to test the waters for the remaining cases. Bayer is now challenging those decisions with appeals and post-trial motions.

The Texas farmers were asking for relatively little compensation - $430,000 plus punitive damages. They settled for $290,000. A veritable bargain for Monsanto.

So there are cracks forming around the edges - not least of which is the Big Six fighting and undermining each other as the greed and thirst for complete domination force them to attack each other.

As I wrote earlier, the Pluto-North Node conjunction, last experienced in late Scorpio in February 1994, infuses our soul-driven path forward with the Plutonic impetus for excavation, increased awareness and transformation out of the deadened husks of previous modes of operation, both personally and collectively. With Pluto involved, there is an elimination necessary of one path over another. A reinvestment of energy and resources into the vital track driving us forward.

This is true on many different fronts, but here, with Ceres involved, we can use the energy and impetus of this conjunction to eliminate corporate food from our lives to the best of our abilities, drawing from more fertile soil. We can use our buying power and the decisions about where we place our currency to support the vital alternatives wherever we can.

The choices we make about the food we eat, the water we drink, the supplements we take, the products we purchase and how we live our lives are potent. They act like water running through those cracks, making them bigger. This is how we fight back without aggression - we fight for our health, our strength and our well-being. There is wiggle room here, though it's tight, and if we have the choice of something better, it's our revolutionary act - our duty, really! - to make that choice.

And since it's such a good segue, I'll take this opportunity to mention my reading services. Personally, I think purchasing a reading goes right along with this reinvestment of resources into the vital track forward - for both me and you.

I'm generally aligned with where we're going. I use astrology to carve out a navigational path, and purchasing a reading of any length, especially under these aspects, will help to catalyze the elimination of what is dead and done in your life and the revitalization of you on your path forward.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pluto-North Node-Moon Conjunction at 3 Capricorn, Soul Instructions and Crossing the Great Stream

Pluto, the North Node and the Moon come together today at 3 degrees Capricorn with Ceres closely involved at 9 degrees. The Moon conjuncts Pluto and the North Node almost simultaneously at 2:14 p.m. (CT).

This conjunction is fascinating to me.

Pluto-North Node conjunctions happen on average every 17 years, with quite wide variation possible. With Pluto involved, they can be seen as generational markers related to the broad, collective themes being Plutonically lived and worked on at that time - and that will continue to be lived and worked on by the babies being born during that Pluto generation.

These are the Pluto-North Node conjunctions experienced on this planet over the past 100 years:

November 9, 2010 at 3 degrees Capricorn
February 22, 1994 at 28 degrees Scorpio
Hallowe'en of 1977 at 15 degrees Libra
December 31, 1960 at 8 degree Virgo
November 28, 1943 at 8 degrees Leo
August 25, 1926 at 15 degrees Cancer
February 11, 1909 at 23 degrees Gemini

Due to the timing, we skipped this conjunction during Pluto in Sagittarius.

The next conjunction of the North Node and Pluto occurs November 15, 2027 at 4 degrees Aquarius. The one following that, the conjunction in Pisces, will not occur until June 3, 2062 at 25 degrees.

As this conjunction infuses our soul-driven path forward with the Plutonic impetus for excavation, increased awareness and transformation out of the deadened husks of previous modes of operation, both personally and collectively, there is an elimination necessary of one path over another. Crossing the great stream.

Along with the elimination of certain modes of being, there is a necessary reinvestment of energy and resources into the vital track driving us forward.

There are some tough decisions to be made, but this is Capricorn we're talking about. It's pretty much the sign of tough decisions.

This is a point from which we can consciously work to eliminate the Five Year Corpo-Governmental Plan from our lives and from our planet, redirecting our resources, realigning our decisions, and committing our personal buying power to building a vital track out of the corruption. Here, we can commit to a path out of the poisonous corpo-governmental stranglehold that has brought life on this planet to the brink and into more soul-sustaining, nourishing terrain.

The Moon and Ceres being so strongly involved is highly significant as we rework the Cancer-Capricorn polarity and shift male-female and masculine-feminine power dynamics.

There is a back-to-basics feel here, a simplicity, with the ability to choose what is nourishing emotionally, to body and soul, over what is profitable and possibly a rush in the short-term but ultimately destructive, damaging, traumatic.

An interesting aspect with the Moon (mothering) involved so strongly is that, as we all get our Pluto in Capricorn-infused soul instructions, so do the babies born over the past two years who have natal Pluto in Capricorn.

Hey, this is Capricorn. Of course, they're starting young! They're here to shift things along the Cancer-Capricorn polarity, including motherhood/parenthood and the family unit, so might as well start from the ground up.

The Pluto in Capricorn babes on the planet currently are the vanguard - just as the early Pluto in Leo and Pluto in Virgos were who experienced the Pluto-North Node conjunction in their babyhood.

The Plutonic generational intention is also being anchored here for the Pluto in Capricorn souls yet to come over the next 14 or so years. If you're planning a baby in the next 14 years, this is a point in time to connect with as far as understanding the broader soul intentions of those about to come to the planet.

Pluto gets to a sign in the zodiac when to not bring the hidden issues to awareness, to not apply the Plutonic strip-down and gut-level transformation of the expression of that sign, would mean soul death, if not physical death, for humanity. High stakes we work with on this planet.

In Capricorn - you guessed it - it has to do with the emerging collective awareness of the dirty dealings, corruption and increasing stranglehold of the consolidated corpo-governmental military industrial complex and related set-ups.

Aligning properly with the broader Plutonic process in our own lives is kind of a big deal, and with this conjunction, we get a ripe window of time to do just that, following new soul instructions intuitively and practically out of the deadened, crystallized structures and forms that no longer sustain life.

If the personal aligns with the transpersonal collective transformational momentum in just the right alchemical mix at this point, guided by the soul knowledge of each individual, there is huge progress possible out of the Pluto in Capricorn rubble.

At the same time, heading right into the heart of the beast so as to understand what we're really dealing with takes a great deal of courage and commitment to delve deeper and go further - hell, to even keep going at all, at times.

Those who do not have the best interests of humanity at heart will also be using this portal to advance strategic goals. Let's recall that we are heading to a series of seven exact squares of Uranus in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn (June 2012 - March 2015). The last time Uranus in Aries was in a series of squares with Pluto (five) was 1932 to 1934 when Pluto was in Cancer - the Great Depression, the rise of the Third Reich and the lead up to World War II.

This is not to say history will repeat (though they're trying), but unfinished business from the Pluto in Cancer generation is definitely being kicked up with Pluto transitting the opposite sign and squaring Uranus.

Suffice it to say we are having to master our deepest fears on multiple fronts.

We're at a reckoning point as far as where we find ourselves on this planet - on the precipice and at a vantage point that is both spiritually soaring, wondrous, electrifying and inspiring as well as emotionally, psychologically and physically devastating, horrifying. These are the Plutonic extremes. In order to reach the wondrous spiritual heights, we must have the roots, we must be adept with the spiritual depths in the most difficult aspects of human experience on this planet.

As we hurtle through this portal and start to gain momentum, the other planets are going direct like dominoes. We're pulling up old anchors one-by-one as Neptune, Chiron, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus all station direct by December 5. December 5 to January 25, 2011 is a time when all planets, excluding Mercury, are direct and many wheels start to turn ahead of Uranus re-entering Aries March 11 and a huge push forward into new territory at Spring Equinox.

We need a running start into that time in order to launch ourselves beyond the entrapping tail-end Piscean Age tendrils and the nasty uses of Pluto in Capricorn energy - to truly cross the great stream - and that running start begins now with the initial steps. The South Node is in Cancer. Things are not as they were. It's all a bit foreign and hard on us emotionally. All we can do is align ourselves with what is coming into existence, carving out our path step-by-step, responsibly, and with lazer-like soul-guided precision to get there.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Divergence

The personal planets in Scorpio are hitting the square to Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius and the trine to Jupiter-Uranus in Pisces in wave after wave.

Mars, following asteroid Pallas Athene, kicked off the aspect parade October 20, with Mercury now moving through the same aspects beginning today and completing November 6. The Moon is strongly involved here, too, and will make the same aspects to Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron and Uranus as it conjuncts Venus and then the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio under the influence of this weekend's New Moon.

The Pisces-to-Aquarius flavour is very strong in the astro proceedings...

The sequence goes: Scorpio planet trines Jupiter in Pisces, squares Neptune in Aquarius, squares Chiron in Aquarius and trines Uranus in Pisces. You see how intermeshed this time frame is and how potent this pivot point is.

The Sun in Scorpio will hit this mark November 15-18, bringing us up to speed in our full, conscious moment as far as the sometimes nebulous realities of the Pisces-to-Aquarius transition. Watch closely what the Scorpio Sun shines its light on during this time frame. The final personal planet to run this gauntlet will be Venus in early January, just before it enters Sagittarius January 7.

The personal planets in Scorpio, a sign that does what it knows it has to do whether it really wants to or not, are doing their thing to break this party up, triggering some separation and distance. A divergence point is being carved out on the most nitty-gritty of levels, in the hidden areas of which only Scorpio is aware. We have to know exactly what (and whom) we're dealing with in order to know what direction (Aries) to take right out of the Aquarius gate. Every individual's movement and choices count. Don't be fooled into giving your influence away.

This divergence point is carved out as Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus prepare to go direct, releasing us from backtrack mode. By December 5, the whole gang - Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius in mutual reception along with the bodies conjunct them - will be moving direct, with Jupiter and Uranus on their way back to the Aries birth point we had a taste of this past summer during the cardinal T-squares.

On the most basic level, we're being asked to examine the motivations of our own souls (Scorpio). Divining to the core, to our source, to the reason we are here at this time. We're being asked to draw in, to keep our deepest spiritual values close, and to determine what is so important to us that there is nothing in this Earthly experience that could make us give it up.

These configurations also have to do with the human soul and spirit in relation to our biology and our connection to Earth and to the life force here. This connection is being used against us in the most heinous ways by those who believe they have harnessed the life force, life itself, and have become the source of it altogether. Our biology is being poisoned and our DNA manipulated by these fools.

And we're asked to determine what it means to us to be human - at a time when our survival as biological human beings is coming into question under the current conditions and possible future trajectories.

Did I think I would ever be living in a time when people would be being coerced to turn themselves into robots, synthetic forms? Or that we would unwillingly be part of experiments along these lines? Um...no. But here we are.

Nowhere is the intermixing of Piscean and Aquarian themes more apparent than in the Gulf of Mexico - unfortunately, taking expression in some of the most abominable forms possible.

Michael Edward, a gentleman in Florida who is getting the word out about what is really going on in the Gulf of Mexico, has dug up some information about a partnership between BP and a company called Synthetic Genomics. This company's goal is the commercialization of synthetic genes, DNA sequences and organisms. BP invested in this company and made a long-term research and development deal with them in June of 2007. One of the biggest areas of interest for this company is microbial cells in oil.

Remember those bacteria that eat that oil we've heard so much about?

It's possible that along with the deadly Corexit, synthetic organisms have also been unleashed in the Gulf of Mexico. A massive Pisces-to-Aquarius science experiment with human beings, animal and plant life - nature itself - as pawns. As the Corexit breaks the oil down into bite-sized chunks...

The shocking emergence of Aquarian technologies that change everything. A technological attack on the basic building blocks of life itself, DNA, genetic lineage. Uranus in Pisces to Aries.

The transitions are fast now, but it's nothing in comparison to the speed with which the realizations of where we are will strike when Uranus re-enters Aries, no longer buffered and obscured by the Piscean veil.

Black Moon Lilith is also hanging out along this Pisces-Aries cusp now and for the next while, letting us in on some of the dirty little secrets we need to know going into this next year related to the corruption of the feminine force.

We're having to strip the dead energy of the Piscean Age overlay layer-by-layer in preparation for Uranus in Aries tipping the scales further into Aquarius at the upcoming Spring Equinox. This doesn't mean Pisces energy itself is dead - though, I think many in "power" would like this to be the case. It's because true Piscean wisdom and understanding are going to be so crucially important as we shift into a stronger Aquarian overlay that we have to Scorpionically carve away and drop what is no longer effective or relevant to the times. Pisces energy is being born anew in an ongoing process - as all the signs/energies of the zodiac are - as we head to the Aquarian infusion marker of Uranus in Aries (beginning March 11).

I wouldn't get too caught up in Aquarian fervour, though.

Let's recall that Neptune in Pisces, transiting its own sign, will be a potent force for the next 15 years. It dips into Pisces for a quick, catalyzing blast of Uranus in Aries energy April 4 - August 5, 2011 before entering Pisces for good February 3, 2012. Here's the very beginning of Pisces for the Aquarian era. Pisces for the post-post-modern era? Neptune will be at home in its own sign of Pisces, but its home sign will also feel somewhat foreign as our spirituality and vital connection to spiritual guidance and intelligence shifts for the sake of direct relevance and effectiveness in these times on our planet.

Pisces on the other side of its hijacking by End Times, Armageddon, Revelation, Ascension.

Chiron (wounded healer asteroid) will also be in Pisces for the next seven years, marking a period where great healing but also great wounding devastation is possible, especially along Piscean lines. Holding Piscean wisdom and understanding will not be easy during these times as we watch things unfolding that go against everything we know in our hearts and souls to be right.

Things really start to shift at this New Moon with Neptune and Chiron going direct in tandem.

Venus and Jupiter both go direct November 18, adding to the forward-ho momentum.

Then December 5, Uranus in Pisces goes direct on the same day as our second 13th degree New Moon in Sagittarius.

At that point, every planet in the zodiac is moving direct heading into the New Year (other than a Mercury retrograde December 9 - 29).

Venus entering Sagittarius January 7 and Jupiter re-entering Aries January 22 stokes the flame.

Only Saturn in Libra will turn retrograde (January 25) before Uranus re-enters Aries for good March 11, just in time for a super potent Spring Equinox when the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus will all be in the sign of the ram - ready for a strong burst forward.

So let the layers be lifted off you this weekend at this New Moon, release the burdens that are ready to go. Stake a new claim, and get ready for some big changes up ahead.